- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Latest on inauguration of new Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (all times local):

11:55 a.m.

New Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says the state can’t become complacent in spurring economic growth.

Holcomb said in his inaugural speech Monday that too many Indiana families feel they’ve been left behind and too many young graduates are leaving the state.

Holcomb says Indiana “must hammer down” to find a million new skilled workers over the next decade. That’s to replace 700,000 baby boomers who will retire and 300,000 new jobs the state needs to create.

Holcomb also saluted Vice President-elect Mike Pence, saying he kept Indiana’s momentum going the past four years during his term as governor.

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11:35 a.m.

New Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and other incoming state office holders have been formally sworn into their positions.

The Republican governor took office Monday and joined others in the inauguration ceremony at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Others taking their oaths were Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Attorney General Curtis Hill and state schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick. All are Republicans who won election in November. Tera Klutz was sworn in as the new state auditor, replacing Crouch in that position.

Holcomb’s rise to becoming Indiana’s 51st governor was improbable a year ago when he was running in a crowded GOP primary for the U.S. Senate.

But outgoing Gov. Mike Pence appointed him as lieutenant governor. Then Holcomb was chosen as the GOP nominee for governor after Pence became Donald Trump’s running mate.

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5:30 a.m.

Eric Holcomb will soon be Indiana’s 51st governor.

The Republican will be sworn in during a Monday morning ceremony. His term formally began at 12:01 a.m. on Monday.

Other state constitutional officers who were elected in November will also be sworn in at the ceremony. They include Holcomb’s running mate Lt. Gov.-elect Suzanne Crouch, soon-to-be Attorney General Curtis Hill and incoming state schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick. The state’s new auditor will also be sworn in.

Holcomb’s ascendancy to the governor’s office was improbable one year ago when he was running in a crowded GOP primary for the U.S. Senate.

But outgoing Gov. Mike Pence appointed him to fill a vacancy as lieutenant governor. Then Holcomb was chosen as the GOP nominee for governor after Pence became Donald Trump’s running mate.


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